Calendar of Events


January 2019


Pittsburg, KS & Crawford County, KS

January 5: Folk Arts/Crafts, Stained Glass Boot Camp (Day 1 of 2), 9 am, Cow Creek Pottery, 107 East 8th St., Pittsburg.


January 9: Expo/Trade Show, 8 am-2 pm, Career Opportunities Day, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center.


January 12: Stained Glass Boot Camp (Day 2 of 2), 9 am, Cow Creek Pottery, 107 East 8th St., Pittsburg.


January 20: Miners Hall Museum quarterly presentation: “Frontenac, A Town of Immigrants,” by Seth Nutt, 2 pm, at Miners Hall Museum in Franklin.


January 26: Great White (hard rock), 8 pm, Kansas Crossing Casino.


January 27: Pittsburg Old Time Fiddlers and Pickers, 1 pm, Crawford County Historical Museum.


January 27: Sarah Peacock (country), 7 pm, Lakewood House Concerts, 1106 Lakewood Dr. To reserve seats, email Reservations required. Free.


** Outdoor Recreation **

January 1: First Day Hike at Crawford State Park (meet at Beach Shelter), 10 am.


January 18: Observatory Night: Venus, 7 pm, Greenbush – The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center.


January 26-27: 13th Annual Albers Marine Fishing & Hunting Show, 9 am to 7 pm Jan. 26; 9 am-3 pm Jan. 27, Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center.


January 31: Southwest Biology: A Science Camp for High Schoolers Presentation, 7 pm, Pittsburg State University.


January Events for Memorial Auditorium Convention Center, 503 North Pine, 620.231.7827. Visit

January 3: Artist Reception, 5:30 pm. Student work is on display in the Corcoran Gallery all month.


January 17: PCMS Theatre Presents: “An Evening of One Acts: Wishful Thinking, Boxes, and Complaint Department & Lemonade.” 7 pm. Call 620.231.7827 or visit                            


January 21 & 22: Pittsburg Community Theatre auditions for “M*A*S*H,” 7 pm. Performed March 29-31 at Memorial Auditorium.


January 26 & 27: Albers Marine 13th Annual Fishing and Hunting Show, Saturday 9 am-7 pm and Sunday 10 am-3 pm. The indoor exhibition includes new boats, ATV’s, vendor booths, kids’ casting contest, demos and more.



ArtForms Gallery, 620 N. Broadway. Call 620.240.0165. Please call Artforms Gallery to register for any workshop. *Cow Creek Pottery, 107 East 8th St, Pittsburg.


1st and 3rd Wednesdays: Open Drawing, 4-6 pm. Bring your favorite drawing tools and sketch paper and join an ArtForms Gallery artist who leads drawing instruction. Free/open to all skill levels and ages.


Thursdays: Art in the Afternoon, 1-3 pm. Bring your project and join us for coffee and snacks.


January 5 & 12: Stained Glass Boot Camp, 9 am-4 pm, *Cow Creek Pottery. Learn the Tiffany-style of glass work in this workshop with Dianne of Walnut Springs ArtBarn. Bor beginners and those who wish to advance their glass-working skills. Bring a sack lunch both days. Do not wear open-toed shoes when working with glass. Cost $150 includes instruction, glass, patterns, copper foil, solder, tools and equipment. Class participants limited to six. Ages 18 and older.


January 19: Stained Glass Mosaic Stepping Stone Workshop, 11 am. *Cow Creek Pottery. Create a stained glass mosaic stepping stone for your flower garden so you can tiptoe through the tulips! Bring a sack lunch to eat while the glue sets up. After lunch, you will grout the project to ensure its outdoor durability. $40. Class is limited to six, ages 14 and older. Please do not wear open-toed shoes when working with glass.


January 19: Celtic Love Spoon Carving Workshop, 2-5 pm. Learn basic woodcarving cutting strokes using a carving’s bench knife and various chisels to relief carve a decorative spoon from a roughout in cottonwood bark. $30. Ages 18 and up. Class limited to eight.


January 20: Ceramic Pocket Vases, 2-5 pm. *Cow Creek Pottery. Create a hand-built ceramic pocket vase for your spring flowers in a fun-filled workshop with Daria! $45. Ages 12 and up with adult supervision. Class limited to 10.

Carl Junction, MO

January 5: Carl Junction Lion’s Club Community Breakfast, 7-10 am. Carl Junction Community Center, 303 N. Main. Full breakfast, $6/adults. Carryout available. 

Carthage, MO

Saturdays: Painting Classes for All Ages, 12-3:30 pm, Cherry’s Custom Framing. Cost: $30, includes material. Call 417.358.2707.

Diamond, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument Visitor Center Free Programs – Two miles west of Diamond on Highway V, then 1/4 mile south on Carver Road. Visitor center and park grounds open daily 9 am-5 pm. Call 417.325.4151 or visit

January 5 & 6: George Washington Carver: An Uncommon Life, 11 am. This new PBS documentary uncovers Carver’s complexities and reveals the full impact of his life and work.


January 5: Nutrition Workshop/Cooking Demonstration, 1pm. Join Chef Robin Jeep in a nutrition workshop that teaches about preparing healthy meals. The focus will be on plant-based nutrition much like those promoted in George Washington Carver’s bulletins.


January 12 &13: Carver and Chemergy, 1 pm. George Washington Carver created an interesting array of synthetic by-products from agricultural plants that largely impacted society.


January 17: Coffee with Carver: Sweet Potatoes and Peanuts: Stretching the Food Budget During World War I, 10 am. In the midst of food shortages and rationing during the years surrounding World War 1, George Washington Carver developed alternative foods from sweet potatoes. He also worked to create around 300 products from the common peanut plant. Drop in, enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, and learn more about this aspect of Carver’s work during the opening session of Coffee with Carver. Participants will make sweet potato starch and flour, plus peanut milk.

January 19: Winter Raptors, 11 am. Featuring live raptors, representatives from the Pittsburg State University Biology Department will explain some of the adaptations that help these birds survive and the importance of raptors to the natural world.


January 19-21: Martin Luther King Jr Movie Celebration, 1 pm. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., join us in viewing this 45-minute film, entitled “Martin Luther King Jr: We Shall Overcome,” which highlights some of his major speeches.


January 26 & 27: Man of Great Faith, 1 pm. George Washington Carver had a deep Christian faith that guided his life and work. Learn the story of his inspiration and what Carver credits for his success.


Joplin, MO

Every Friday: Friday Nights Out at Victory, 6-9 pm, 3405 S. Hammons Blvd. $3/person; max of $15/family. Half off admission with gym membership card. Open basketball court, archery tag, pool tables, foosball, bracelet making, Wii, Xbox 360, food available from West Coast Tacos and BBQ. Impact Life praise team performs 7-9 pm. Call 417.206.6886.

Wildcat Glades Friends Group, 201 Riviera Dr., Joplin, MO – This January, the Wildcat Glades Friends Group along with other partners will host Preschool Nature Connections programs, Yoga in Nature for Kids, Adult Yoga, and Pollinator Bomb Seed Workshop at Empire Market, 931 E. 4th Street, Joplin. All programs are free of charge, but registration is requested. To register, please email or visit our Facebook page for online registration options. Classes are limited to the first 20 students registered for preschool and yoga classes.


January 1: First Hike of 2019, 10 am, Wildcat Glades Creek Pavilion. Start the year out right with a nature hike. Bring a water bottle and trekking poles if needed. The course for the day is approximately 3 miles and should be completed before noon. Join us and work off your holiday indulgences. Hike at your own pace. All ages welcome but may be difficult for children under seven. A portion of the trail is not stroller or wheel chair accessible.


January 9 & 12: Preschool Nature Connections: January 9th, 1-2 pm or January 12, 10-11 am at Joplin Empire Market. Ages 3-6 accompanied by an adult. Hibernation–It is more than a long nap. How do you get ready for winter? What protects you from the cold and snow? Animals make plans to keep warm and safe for the winter, too. Learn which animals hibernate and how they get ready. Preschoolers will enjoy a fun and interactive lesson and complete a take-home craft with Wildcat Glades Friends Group. See our Facebook Page for required registration.


January 12: Yoga in Nature for Kids! 11:15-11:45 am, Joplin Empire Market. Ages 2 and up accompanied by an adult. Led by Amanda, a registered yoga teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate elements of fun, breathing and yoga poses specifically for kids. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. This is a great opportunity to help kids during these months they might be experiencing a little angst from being cooped up. Please sign up by following the instructions on our Facebook page. Space is limited; reserve your spot today.


January 18: Pollinator Bomb Seed Workshop for Kids, 10-11 am, Joplin Empire Market. Ages 6-12. Free. Make your world a greener and more environmentally friendly place for the Monarch butterfly and other pollinators. Make seed bombs to take home and transform a bare and boring corner of your yard into a pocket of beauty and prime habitat for migrating monarchs. Seed bombs take the drudgery out of gardening and are the perfect way to spruce up hard-to-plant areas. They can even be placed in an unused planter. Seeds provided will include milkweed, critical for breeding monarchs, other regionally native seed well-adapted to local soils and sunlight, and a few annuals for season-extending color. Come with clothes that can get dirty and a heart for Monarch butterflies! Visit our Facebook Event to register or email


January 26: Yoga in Nature for Adults (sponsored by 4-States Yoga), Joplin Empire Market. Led by a registered yoga teacher from 4-States Yoga studio, this class is designed to incorporate yoga poses for all levels of experience. Bring your yoga mat or a towel and a reusable water bottle. Please visit our Facebook page event to sign up.  

Lamar, MO

Every Monday: Barton County Senior Center, 9 am-5 pm, 306 W. 11th. Cards, dominoes, exercise equipment, a reading library, pool, computer/internet access and Wii. Call 417.682.3881.

Monett, MO

January 7: Monett Senior Dance, first Monday of the month, 7-10 pm, Park Casino building. $3 to enter. Call 417.235.3285.

Grove, OK

January 12: Monthly Community Gospel Singing, 6 pm, Grove 1st Assembly of God Church, two miles east of Grove on south side of Hwy. Call 417.775.4121.




Cultural Events




Carthage, MO

February 1-3 & 8-10: Four Weddings and an Elvis, 6 pm, Sunday matinee, 12:30 pm, Stone’s Throw Dinner Theatre, 2466 Old 66 Boulevard. Call 417.388.1466 or 417.358.4300, or email

Joplin, MO

Events in Joplin are subject to change. For a full listing of arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin, visit Connect2Culture is the source for arts and cultural opportunities in Joplin.


January 10: Family Theater – The Kamikaze4 pm, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, 3401 Newman Rd. The Kamikaze Fireflies perform for audiences all over the world. The show is a mix of comedy and circus: juggling, hula-hoops, German wheel, whip cracking and many tricks never seen anywhere else. More information: Robert Carlson, 417.781.5124.


January 25: Pro Musica presents Van Kuijk Quartet, 7 pm, College Heights Christian Church, 4311 Newman Rd. After being selected as BBC New Generation Artists for the 2015-17 term, the Van Kuijk (pronounced Van Kweek) Quartet joined the ECHO Rising Star roster for the 2017-18 season. This performance is free and open to the public. More information: Deb Billings, 417.625.1822.



January 10: Ozark Gateway Audubon Society presents “Endangered: Wetland Habitats & the Endangered Species Act,” 7 pm. Location TBA. This month’s chapter meeting will include a presentation regarding Endangered: Wetland Habitats and the Endangered Species Act by Carol Miller with MSU. More information: Joan Banks, 417.437.5380.


January 26: JRAC Coffee Hour, 10 am, Beckett’s Café, 705 Illinois Ave. Joplin Regional Artists Coalition Coffee Hour offers JRAC members the opportunity to network, socialize, announce personal art-related news, discuss a pre-determined general art topic or participate in a professional development workshop. More information: Marta Churchwell.


Saturdays: Joplin Empire Market, 10 am-3 pm, Joplin Empire Market, 931 E 4th St. The Joplin Empire Market is the place to find the best in locally grown produce, gourmet foodstuffs and handmade artisan goods. Housed in a historic brick building adjacent to downtown, this indoor/outdoor public market is Joplin’s newest gathering spot. More information: Ivy Hagedorn, 417.986.3914. 


Wednesday-Sunday: Bookhouse Cinema, 715 E. Broadway. Bookhouse Cinema is an independent micro theater and pub in the East Town neighborhood. They show a variety of independent, classic and foreign films while offering a great pub environment. More information: Holly Crane, 417.825.5161. 



January 10: Kids Night for Ages 5-106-7:30 pm, Serenity Bakery, 1651 W. 7th St. Bring in your little artist for an hour and a half of cookie decorating. The class includes two snowmen cookies and decorating kit. More information: Kimberly Wilson, 417.291.3397. Cost: $10.


Walter Woods Conservation Area: 5265 Eland Rd, Joplin, MO

January 2: Animal Bingo (Ages 5+)11 am-12 pm & 1-2 pm. Join Missouri Department of Conservation for this fun but educational twist on traditional bingo. Win prizes and see some live animals, too. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Free.


January 3: Calling All Owls (Ages 3–6)11 am-12 pm & 1-2 pm. Are owls really wise? Bring your children during daylight hours to learn about owls and make an owl craft to take home. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Free.


January 5: Children’s Christmas Bird Count (Ages 7+)9 am-1 pm. Dress for the weather. This is a great learning experience shared with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Lunch and prizes provided by Ozark Gateway Audubon Society. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Free.


January 18Regal Eagles (Ages 3-6)11 am-12 pm & 1-2 pm. Bald eagles have many adaptations to help them find and capture food. Join Missouri Department of Conservation and find out more about these majestic birds. More information: Kim Banner, 417.629.3423. Free.


Crackpot Pottery & Studio: 3820 E. 20th, Joplin, MO

Monday & Friday: All-Day Open Studio. Open Studio hours allow you to come and go anytime throughout these days during regular business hours. If you come during scheduled class time, students have first rights to equipment. Monthly passes available for $125 each. Drop in any other time with an appointment.


Local Color Art Gallery & Studio: 1027 S. Main, Joplin, MO

Wednesdays: Wednesday Classes at Local Color, 2-6 pm. Up to 4 hours of painting time. Bring any materials you have for the first lesson and learn about the materials you might need for additional lessons. $25 per class. Call 417.291.1486.

Wednesday: Wednesday Experimental Painting Class, 10:30 am. Local Color artists will lead an experimental painting class using watercolors or fluid acrylics. Cost is $25 per class with materials provided by the instructor. Class size limited to six; register prior to each Wednesday session. Call 417.553.0835.

Third Thursday: Painting and Sculpting with April Davis, 6-8 pm. Choose to create an acrylic painting or a sculpture. April Davis will guide you through her simple techniques that make painting or sculpture easy and fun for all levels, beginner to advanced! $30 per class. Call 417.553.0835 to register.


Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th Street

Tuesday & Saturday: Makerspace Open Studio, 9:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, 4-7:30 pm Tuesday. On the second Saturday of each month, the Joplin Public Library Makerspace is open on a walk-in, first come, first serve basis. Patrons under 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to use the makerspace during this event. Makerspace equipment is in-house use only. Call 417.623.7952, ext. 1041.

January 1: Chat N Craft (Adults), 5:30-8 pm. An adult crafting group that meets on the first Tuesday of the month. All types of hand work welcome. Share ideas, tips and tricks with other crafters. Call 417.623.7953,

January 3 & 4: Random Awesomeness – Winter Break Edition (Grades 6-12), 2-4 pm. Bored over winter break? Hang out at Joplin Public Library and enjoy games, cards, crafts and other shenanigans. Come for a little or stay for a lot. No registration needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext 1027.


January 5: Joplin Public Library Dance Party (Grades K–5), 10-10:45 am. Join dance instructor Chelsey Davenport for games, singing, dancing and lots of fun. This event is free and open to the public. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.


January 7: Joplin Public Library Middle School Book Club (Grades 6–8)6 pm. Each month the teen department reads a book on a different theme and conducts a chat about it. No registration is needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext. 1027.


January 12: Post Art Library Ukulele Club2-4 pm. The purpose of the Post Art Library Ukulele Club is to bring together people who appreciate and play ukulele, to learn from and share with one another. This is a free public program open to beginning and advanced players. Bring your own ukulele. More information: Jill Sullivan, 417.623.7953, ext. 1041. 


January 19: Joplin Public Library Explore & Play10-11:30 am. Families will explore specially crafted exploration stations that encourage adult-child play and teach key early literacy skills. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.2184.

January 19: Anime/Manga Club (Grades 6-12)3 pm. The group will discuss current manga reads and anime viewings, play games or work on some of your own creations. Feel free to bring your sketching materials and draw. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.7953. Free.

January 24: Joplin Public Library High School Book Club (Grades 9-12)6-7 pm. Pick a book to go with the monthly theme and come chat about it. No registration needed. More information: Beth Snow, 417.623.7953, ext. 1027. 


January 29: Dog Day Afternoon, 4-6 pm. This program encourages independent readers in grades K-5 to practice their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs. Registration takes place at the children’s desk on the day of the event. More information:, 417.623.7953.


January 6: LEGO Club, 2 pm. Children can build with Legos, Kapla blocks, Lincoln Logs, foam blocks and more. Toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-age children all welcome. Anyone under 6 years must be accompanied by an adult. More information:, 417.623.7953.

January 7: Chess Club, 5 pm. Monthly Children’s department program for chess players of all experience levels. No registration required. More information: Christina Matekel-Gibson, 417.623.7953. Free.


RSVPaint Joplin: 223 W. 3rd St., at the corner of 3rd and Wall across the street from Spiva Art Gallery

January 2019
Resolve to do something creative this year! Come create a one-of-a-kind, made-by-you, wood, fabric, glass or canvas project! Events scheduled every Wed-Sun! Walk-In for Wine’d Down Wednesdays Open Studio from 5-9 pm. We host canvas and DIY Home Decor every Thursday at 7 pm, Fridays at 7 pm and Saturdays at 10 am, 1 pm and 7 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Walk-in or register online in advance for featured projects and to choose your own designs. Ask about weekly bar specials. Soft drinks and water also available.

Paint Your Pet any Wednesday by signing up in advance. View our online calendar for the most current listing of events and registrations at


Spiva Center for the Arts: Third and Wall streets.

Galleries and gift shop hours: 10 am-5 pm Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 pm Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Suggested voluntary contribution for admission is $2 adults; $1 children. Call 417.623.0183. Complete listing of classes at or follow us on Facebook. Register for classes online! Visit, and click on the Active Network link for class registrations, scholarship forms, membership payments and donations.



Tuesdays: Creation Station with Sandra Conrad (ages 6-11), 3:45-5 pm. Drop in and experiment with a variety of media: painting, drawing, clay, collage, sculpture and printmaking. Cost: $6 with pre-registration; $8 at the door. Call 417.623.0183.

Thursdays: Memories in the Making, 10 am-12 pm. This art experience is centered on the expression of creativity through painting for those dealing with memory loss. Free. No prior art experience necessary.

Saturdays: Preschool Mini Makers (ages 3-5), 10:30 am, $6 pre-registration, $8 @ door. Call 417.623.0183 or visit

January 5: Glass Nightlights with Jane McCaulley (Age 13+)10 am-12 pm. Brighten up the night with your own fused glass creation. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $35.


January 12: Sumi-e Painting with Jordan Murdock (Ages 13+)10 am-12 pm. Try your hand at this ancient painting technique! More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $25.


January 12: Intro to Etching with Sarah Serio (Ages 13+)1-3 pm. Explore a beginner-friendly approach to dry point etching from creating your image to printing it using Spiva’s very own etching press. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


January 19: Female Figure Drawing with Sandra Conrad (Ages 18+)11 am-1 pm. A professional nude model will be posing to help you advance your drawing skills. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $30.


January 26: Goddess Yoga with Kara Patterson (Ages 12+)10-11 am. Come discover the goddess within! The group will come together to learn how to empower and love ourselves, and to lift each other up, through the foundations of yoga. All skill levels are welcome. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. Cost: $10.



January 3: Spiva Trivia Night (ages 21+), 6-8 pm. Cost: $5 per person in each team with a limit of one to eight people per team. Team that wins each round wins 60% of the entry fees. The remainder goes toward Spiva’s Annual Fund Drive. Must be 21 or older. Call 417.623.0183.

January 11: Spiva Center for the Arts Opening Reception, 5:30-7:30 pm. Spiva’s Main Gallery will house STRATA: Layered Meaning. STRATA showcase how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. $5 suggested contribution; members free. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


January 12: Curator Talk: The Making of an Exhibit with Courtney Wasson11 am-12 pm. Join Kansas City-based curator Courtney Wasson as she discusses the behind-the-scenes details of choosing the diverse works from the Main Gallery exhibit STRATA: Layered Meaning. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


January 19: Luck of the Draw Family Game Night (Age 5+)7-9 pm. Bring the family and join Spiva Staff for a fun-filled drawing themed game night. Donations of $10 per family are appreciated. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183. 



January 12-March 16: STRATA: Layered Meaning. Spiva is thrilled to host the group exhibition STRATA: featuring multiple mediums and showcasing how these contemporary visual artists explore their subjects through layers both figural and literal. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


January 12-March 9: DRAWNA national exhibition celebrating experimentation while reminding viewers of the basic nature and value of the drawing process. Opening reception will be held on the 11th from 5:30-7:30 pm. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


January-February: The Third Grade Collaboration. More information: Jade Henning, 417.623.0183.


December 17-January 18: 5th Annual K-12 Art ShowMissouri Southern State University, Spiva Art Gallery, 3950 Newman Rd. This non-competitive exhibit is arranged by grade level in order to show creative development by grade. Receptions: January 12, K-4th grades from 1-3 pm and 5th-12th grades from 3-5 pm.



 Health Events

Galena, KS

January 2: Weight Loss Surgery Seminar meets the first Tuesday of each month, 6 pm, Premier Surgical Institute,1619 W. 7th St. (Just minutes from Joplin, past the Missouri state line.) 620.783.1732

Dr. Kido, one of our fellowship-trained surgeons specializing in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and his nurse and success story Kelly, are providing free weight loss seminars in the Grand Lounge of Premier Surgical Institute. The seminars are designed to welcome and inform members of the Four State Area interested in learning about – or already considering – surgery as an option for weight loss treatment. Dr. Kido has an impressive record of patient weight loss results. He offers a caring approach to improve patients’ overall health and help to those suffering from the physical, emotional, medical, and financial consequences of being overweight. Dr. Kido provides solutions that will break the cycle for the many who are frustrated with unsuccessful efforts to lose weight or maintain weight loss.

Premier’s luxurious and peaceful hospital grounds promote wellness and offer the perfect setting for you to relax while we provide important information about our weight loss surgery options.

No reservations necessary to attend. The seminars are free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Parsons, KS

Every Thursday: Menu Planning 101, 12 pm or 5:15 pm, Upscale Country Furnishings. Learn to eat better, feel better and save money. Call 620.423.0450.

January 10: Grief Companions Support Group meets second Thursday of each month, 6 pm, Elm Haven West. Call 620.704.1110.

Via Christi Hospital – Pittsburg, KS  

January 8: Breast Cancer Support Group, 3:30 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets second Tuesday of each month. Call 620.235.7516.

January 23: Cancer Support Group, 3 pm, Cancer Center conference room. Meets fourth Wednesday of each month. Call 620.235.7900.

Joplin, MO

Every day: Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings. Call 888.740.4568.

Every Monday: Tips for Living a Healthy Life, 10 am-12 pm, South YMCA, 3404 W. McIntosh Circle. Free; registration required. Call 417.625.2492.

Every day: 12-Step Recovery Meetings, Alano Club, 1800 E. 30th. Call 417.623.9645.

Every Friday: Grief Counseling, 11 am-3 pm, St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers. Free. No appointment necessary.

January 8: Brain Injury Support Group meets every second Tuesday, 12-1:30 pm, The Independent Living Center, 2639 E. 34th. Contact Andrea Buening, 417.659.8086, for information and referral.

January 9 & 23: Grief Support Group meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 11 am-12:30 pm, Hospice Compassus, 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100. Call 417.623.8272.

Freeman Health System

Joplin, MO

January 3: Freeman Early Detection Screenings, 8 am-4 pm, Freeman Screen Team Resource Center, 1130 E. 32nd St., Ste. C. Early detection screenings include abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and stroke/carotid artery screenings and osteoporosis risk assessment. Fee varies. Call 417.347.6555 for appointment.

January 8: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.

January 8: Freeman Advantage Striders/Blood Pressure Screenings, 7-8:30 am, Northpark Mall Food Court, 101 N. Range Line Road. Get your blood pressure checked, turn in your Striders cards and catch up on Freeman Advantage activities and events. Call 417.347.5837.

January 9: Freeman Cancer Support Group, 2-3 pm, Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute, 3415 McIntosh Circle. Call Lisa Paugh for questions at 417.347.4029.

January 15: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Freeman Business Center, 3200 McClelland Blvd, back entrance. Designed to help those who have had bariatric surgery. Call 417.347.1266.

January 15: Freeman Sleep Apnea Support Group, 6-7 pm, Freeman Health Essentials, 1130 E. 32nd St. Call 417.347.7400.

January 21: Blood Drive, 10 am-3 pm, Freeman Hospital West, Conference Rooms 2W and 4W. Roll up your sleeve and help someone in need. All donors receive a $5 gift certificate good at any Freeman retail entity. Call 417.347.4603.


January 22: Freeman Bariatric Weight-Loss Seminar, 4:30 pm (registration), 5:30-6:30 pm (seminar), Freeman Business Center Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd. (back entrance). Better understand the options available for weight-loss surgery with doctors and bariatric team members. Call 417.347.1266.


January 25 Leffen Center Parents Coffee, 8:30-9:30 am, Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, 2808 S. Picher Ave. This social group is designed specifically for caregivers of children 4 and under with developmental delay(s). Parents can have a coffee and socialize with other parents while their children play in a supervised environment nearby. Call 417.347.7850.

January 28: Freeman Real Living with Diabetes, 4:30-5:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, 1901 E. 20th St. A meeting for anyone struggling with diabetes to discuss real issues and concerns. Call 417.347.5700.


January 28: Living with Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, 5:30-6:30 pm, Joplin Public Library, West Conference Room, 1901 E. 20th St. A time to share, meet others and support those with type 1 diabetes. Speakers are Krysti Blankenship, NP, Freeman Diabetes & Endocrine Institute, and Dr. Harold Blankenship, Freeman Neosho Physician Group. Refreshments, snacks, product samples and prize drawings provided. Call 417.347.5700.


January 29: Freeman Advantage HealthWISE, 10 am (9:30 am social time), Freeman Business Center, Conference Rooms, 3220 McClelland Blvd (back entrance). Learn all about what causes us to be sick and how bacteria and viruses are treated differently. Trish Schuler, Freeman Infection Prevention and Control Officer, will share information about infections and how to stay well. Refreshments, blood pressure checks and door prizes provided.


Mercy Hospital -other

January 5: Walk With a Doc. Meets the first Saturday of every month at 9 am, Butterfly Garden north of hospital entrance sliding doors. Join a Mercy Physician for a 5-minute health topic and a walk along Mercy’s walking path.


February 12: Ladies Night out with Mercy Heart Care, 6-8 pm, Spiva Center For the Arts, 222 W. 3rd St. Join us for an evening of food, wine, fashion and heart health education. Benefiting Rapha House in Joplin. For more information, call Katy Cook at 417.556.2264.


Mercy Hospital – Support Groups & Events

Every Monday: Parkinson’s Support Group, 3:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way, second floor. For more information, call Brittany Bearden at 417.556.8760.


January 3: Weight Loss Seminar, occurs the first Thursday from 6-7 pm, Mercy Conference Center. Seminars are free, but attendees must register at For more information, or to register, call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.


January 9: Cancer Survivor Support Group-Men’s meets the second Wednesday monthly, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call 417.556.2706.

January 9: Cancer Caregiver Support Group meets the second Wednesday monthly, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. Call Allison O’Dell, 417.556.2706.

January 14: Bariatric Support Group meets the second Monday monthly, 5:30-6:30 pm, Mercy Joplin Conference Center, 100 Mercy Way. Call Ann Payne at 417.556.2915.

January 21: Four States Stroke Support Group meets third Monday monthly, 1:30-2:30 pm, The Communities of Wildwood Ranch Rehab Center, 3222 S. John Duffy Drive. Call 417.556.8420 or email

January 22: Lung Disease Support, meets the fourth Tuesday, 1:30-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Kelsey Darr-Hessee at 417.556.8231.


January 22: Diabetes Support Group – Carthage, meets the fourth Tuesday, 4-5 pm at Carthage Water & Electric, 627 W. Centennial. For more information, call Debbie Herbst at 417.359.1359.


January 23 Diabetes Support Group – Joplin, noon-1 pm, Community Clinic of Joplin, 701 S. Joplin Ave. For more information, call 417.556.6487.


January 23: Grief Support Group, meets the fourth Wednesday, 2-3 pm, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.


January 23: Cancer Survivor Support Group for women, meets the fourth Wednesday, 10-11 am, Mercy Joplin Cancer Center Conference Room, 100 Mercy Way. For more information, call Allison O’Dell at 417.556.2706.


National Alliance on Mental Illness – For information on NAMI, call 417.781.6264 or visit Meetings held at the NAMI building, 219 W. 2nd St. in Joplin.

Every Monday: NAMI Basics, 6-8:30 pm. A signature education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illnesses.

Every Tuesday: NAMI Connection Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Tuesday: Self Injury Support Group, 5-6 pm.

Every Tuesday: Family Support Group, 6:30-8 pm.

Every Wednesday: Dual Diagnosis Support Group, 2:30-3:30 pm.

Every Wednesday: Post 5/22 Stress Counseling Sessions, 10 am.

Every Thursday: Family to Family Class, 6:30-8:30 pm. For families or caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. Includes current information about most major mental illnesses; information about medications, side effects and strategies for medication adherence; developing strategies for handling crises and relapse; focusing on care for the caregiver.

Neosho, MO

January 28: Caregivers Support Group meets the fourth Monday of each month, 5-6 pm, Medicalodge, 400 Lyon Drive. Help with care, finances, insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, respite care, hospice care, day care and support for the caregivers. Sponsors: Avalon Hospice & Medicalodges Neosho. Call 417.451.2544.

Nevada Regional Medical Center, Nevada, MO

January 9: Caregiver’s Support Group, 1:30-2:30 pm, Barone Alzheimer’s Care Center. Free peer support program.

January 15 & 17: Tuesday/Thursday Birth and Beyond Class, 6-8 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Two-part childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register.

January 16: Blood Pressure Screening, 10:45 am, Vernon County Senior Center. Free screening.

January 19: Saturday Birth and Beyond Class, 8 am-12 pm, NRMC Mezzanine Conference Room. Four-hour class covers childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care course for women in their last trimester of pregnancy. $15 registration fee. Call 417.448.3801 to register for this class.     

January 22: Rich Hill Family Medical Clinic Screenings, 11 am-noon. Kern Senior Center. Free screenings of the month: Blood pressure and bone density.

Integris Baptist Regional Health Center, Grove, OK

January 8 & 22: Depression Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 2 pm, Northeastern Tribal Health System Conference Room, 2301 Eight Tribes Trail. Call 918.675.2093.

January 10: Diabetes Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 12:30 pm, INTEGRIS Grand Lake Diabetes Center, 1310 S. Main. Call 918.786.1801.

January 10: Low Vision Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 9:30 am, Honey Creek Retirement Village, 200 Har-Ber Road. Call 918.786.2223.

January 10: Caregivers Support Group meets second Thursday monthly, 11 am, Parish Hall, All Saints Episcopal Church. Call 918.542.3662. Open to the public.

INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center, Miami, OK – For more information, visit

Every Tuesday: Free blood pressure and glucose screenings provided by INTEGRIS Regency Home Care and Hospice. First Tuesday: Commerce Nutrition Center, 10:30-11:30 am. Second Tuesday: Nine Tribes Tower, 10-11 am. Third Tuesday: Miami Senior Center, 10-11 am. Fourth Tuesday: INTEGRIS Baptist Village, 9-10 am.

January 1: Alzheimer’s Support Group meets first Tuesday monthly, 11 am, Generations fourth floor visiting room. Call 918.542.3391. (Are they having this on New Year’s Day?)

January 3: Autism Support Group meets first Thursday monthly, 5:30 pm, Miami First Baptist Church Fellowship Center, 24 S. Street SW, with Dr. Alan Carnahan. Call 918.919.0148.

Mercy Maude Norton Mobile Mammography Unit Schedule. Call 620.429.2545 to find locations and a schedule for the mammo bus.